Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI


Irene May Rodriguez

June 11, 1932July 17, 2017
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6/11/32-7/17/17 Ann Arbor, Michigan. Irene May Rodriguez (Beranek), 85, passed away peacefully on July 17th at her cherished home on 5th Street. Irene was born on June 11th, 1932 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Emily and Harold Beranek, and brothers Thomas and James, as well as sisters, Catherine, Margaret, and Doris. Irene was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, John Rodriguez. Irene spent many years as a homemaker enjoying gardening, baking, socializing, playing cards, Bingo, trips to the casino, and going fishing. She enjoyed bringing her “kids” homemade salsa, chili, and baked goods on daily visits to the Washtenaw Dairy. She could be found on her front porch swing on most nice days, enjoying coffee and the paper and watching the world go by. Irene had a great sense of humor, and was a loyal and loving friend to many. She loved her dog Pepe who could be found at her side at all times. She was a member of the Dexter American Legion and a longtime member of Ann Arbor Moose Lodge 1253. Irene will be long remembered and cherished by her five loving children, Diana (James) Douglass of Dexter, MI, Susan (Thomas) Armstrong of Makawao, HI, Kim Rodriguez of Ypsilanti, MI, John Rodriguez II of Ann Arbor, and Andrea (Michael) Starwas, of Lytle Creek, CA. Also survived by her loving grandchildren Jessica (Scott MacInnis) Rodriguez, Donald Owens JR, Kelli (Scott) Downs, and Alexis Starwas. Also survived by her loving great-grandchildren Evan Vaughn, Kylah Owens-Rhodes, and June MacInnis. Irene was a devoted sister to Florence Slayton, Ruth Hofler, Barbara Renfrow, and Winnifred Aguilar. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Irene’s family will receive family and friends at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S. Fourth Avenue, on Tuesday July 25th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. An additional viewing will take place on Wednesday July 26th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2270 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, with Funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m., and a luncheon afterwards. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimers Association and the Great Lakes Caring Home Health & Hospice.



  • Visitation Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • Gathering at Church Wednesday, July 26, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, July 26, 2017


  • Cremation will take place and Irene's mortal remains will be laid to rest privately.


Irene May Rodriguez

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Karen Liska

July 28, 2017

Diana - I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I know she will live on in you and your family through many wonderful memories, the traits you inherited and the legacy she leaves behind. Thank you for sharing her with me so many years ago.

Phyllis Ponvert

July 26, 2017

Irene's son John and my son Philip were high school friends . Jessica was my granddaughter Luisa's favorite babysitter, I will miss Irene. Phyllis Ponvert

Lori Keck

July 24, 2017

To the Rodriguez family, I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. I have so many memories of time spent in the 5th street house. Your mom was always welcoming, no matter what Sue and I might have been up to! Sending lots of love and prayers.

Ed & Judie Ankenbrand

July 22, 2017

Diana, Kim, Sue, John & Andrea,
We are so sorry To hear of your Mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Milesa (Florence Slayton's daughter) YOUNGBLOOD

July 21, 2017

Such a sweet loving person. She was the little sister who tried to keep the family together. Florence has some really good memories of the times they spent together. She will be truly missed by many. Fly high with the angels. Love and prayers.

July 21, 2017

I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly."

Cheryl Beranek-Connell

July 21, 2017

To my dear family,I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort within each other, draw strength from your family and friends.. We all have many memories to share, my Aunt was truly bless and will be missed

Dave Cole

July 21, 2017

Diana to you and your family our deepest sympathies on the passing of your mother. It is always difficult to lose someone so close. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. With our deepest condolences, Dave and Carol Cole

Debi Moore

July 20, 2017

Deepest sympathies in the loss of your Mom

Ira Ewing

July 20, 2017

TO THE Rodrigues family and kim & Donald so sorry for the lost your mother and grandmother praying for you and the family